Skip to comments.Teen Who Saved Siblings From Intruders Is Why I'll Teach My Kids to Shoot a Gun (VIDEO)(AZ)
Posted on 06/26/2012 11:53:41 AM PDT by marktwain
How often does a story about a teenager and a handgun have a happy ending? This one definitely does: A 14-year-old boy in Phoenix saved his younger siblings' lives by shooting and critically wounding an armed intruder with a handgun. Police say the boy was babysitting his 8, 10, and 12-year-old siblings when a woman he didn't recognize started knocking on the door. Because she was unfamiliar, he didn't let her in the house ... but just a little while later, a strange man started pounding on the door. The teen apparently ran upstairs to get the handgun, and when he got back to the top of the stairs, the man broke down the door and pointed a gun at the boy and his siblings.
That's when the 14-year-old pulled the trigger, shooting the suspect in the chest. Then he grabbed his siblings and ran to a neighbor's house, where he called the police. The suspect is now in the hospital but is expected to go straight to jail once he recovers.
This story could have ended very badly if that 14-year-old boy didn't know how to shoot a gun, but he did -- and I'm going to guess he's had a decent amount of target practice, too, since he got the guy in the chest on his first try. Thank god his parents (I'm assuming) taught him the proper way to handle a gun! I'm not saying guns and kids are always a good mix -- indeed, often they're an incredibly dangerous combination. But maybe that's because kids generally aren't educated about guns and how to use them properly. I don't have a gun in my house and my kids can barely use a can opener, but if I did have a gun and they were older, I'd want them to learn how to shoot it.
Do you think it's a good thing for teens to know how to handle guns?
good for him - should have learned double tap, however
No information about the intruders? Who are they and why did they force the door?
I have always had a gun in the house and my 3 girls and a boy learned what they did and how to use them from the time they were able to manipulate them and understand what they could do. From about age 12 they knew how to get at a gun and when it might be appropriate. My son ran away from home once when he was 17 and contemplated taking my 9mm but decided it was not a good thing to do and left it. I never worried about any of them about firearms.
Anything else is irresponsible and well, unpatriotic.
Not only is it good to KNOW how to use weapons, but my stepdaughters will learn to shoot at least at the Sharpshooter level.
And they will learn the double-tap.
Bravo Zulu!!! 14 years old and probably scared out of his wits; he still puts the first one into center of mass. Way to go, kid.
There’s a very heartwarming video on youtube of a ~13 yr old girl taking down (didn’t want to use the word “stripping”) an AR-15 and putting it back in just a matter of seconds.
Everyone should learn a lesson from this.
The tactic used by the intruders was to send the “less threatening” female to the door, while her accomplice was probably hiding close by waiting for the door to open.
Is that the guy who protected his siblings?
Ah, but did the 14-year-old racially profile that man who was simply holding a gun on the property he entered uninvited? Surely Eric Holder would say that the man was not doing anything illegal simply by breaking in the door and standing on somebody else’s property...
I’m sure if the man in the hospital calls Eric Withholder’s 1-800 phone line, he can get that 14-year-old arrested for racial profiling of that poor, innocent man.
I like the “step” approach to gun training for children, which starts them on BB guns, to learn basic marksmanship with an inexpensive ammo, then .22 shorts with iron sights and .22 LR with a scope. Lots of practice cleaning as well.
From there move to handguns, mostly because there is so much lore involved with the proper use, tactics, open and concealed carry, maintenance and cleaning. That is, the gun use part is pretty easy at this point, it’s the rest of the stuff that they need to learn, which is why they need to be older.
From there, shotguns and explosives. And I personally think that knife lore needs to be integrated to this at some point, perhaps with martial arts, so they understand some of the core ideas of armed and unarmed conflict.
That tactic is being used on the macro level down in AZ right now too. Invite the “poor little kids” in, and once the door is open - wham!
But it hasn't. At least that I've seen. I wonder why?
Swiss K-31. Nice rifles.
Some of the prettiest machine work I’ve ever seen on that rifle, and it’s a tack driver to boot.
When he started shooting he barely outweighed the rifles he was using.
I believe you can stand very proud of that handsome young man. Looks like he is able to look anyone in the eye as a equal. Kudos Sir.
Congratulations! He looks like a keeper. =)
(I don’t think I’d mess with him, if I was a crook.)
The tactic around here is to have the female see if the house is occupied or not. And if not - they break in. Happened to a young girl just up the street. She ignored the knock. Shortly after she heard a noise in the back of the house (sliding door jimmed open).
She gets up from the computer, goes in the hallway and sees the guy. The guy swears and runs out the back. She runs out the front to a neighbor. The guy RETURNS! running into the house through the now open front door and exits the rear after a few minutes inside.
Cops did finally catch him.
Our kids are told to NEVER open the door for a stranger and only select neighbors. Never a cop either. For strangers, if they are alone, they are to yell “DAD - there’s someone at the door!!” pause.... “I don’t know who it is!” pause Yelling out the upstairs window “Sorry - we don’t want any!”
Fifteen year old girl hits the targets using her sights and knowing how to "run the gun" (watch the reload at 1:52).